Texas Fishing Report, January 16,2014

Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 22:21 - Written by

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 0.56 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and lipless crankbaits in shad patterns. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

BOB SANDLIN: Water clear; 47-51 degrees; 4.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and Colorado blade spinnerbaits in white. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

BONHAM: Water stained, 46-50 degrees; 1.74 feet low. Black bass are fair on jerkbaits, crankbaits and shakyheads fished slowly around rocks. Crappie are good on minnows and jig under the bridges. Catfish are good on chicken liver in 8-18 feet.

BRIDGEPORT: Water clear, 45-49 degrees; 20.61 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

CADDO: Water stained; 47-50 degrees; 0.31 feet high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Trap and bladed jigs. White and yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

CEDAR CREEK: Water clear; 45-50 degrees; 3.27 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps and shallow crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on minnows. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnow. Catfish are fair on trotlines and cut shad.

COOPER: Water clear; 60-65 degrees; 12.09 feet low. Black bass are good on bladed jigs and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slab and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

FAIRFIELD: Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK: Water clear; 47-51 degrees; 4.50 feet low. Black bass are good on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and football jigs. Yellow bass and white bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows near bridges. Catfish are fair on prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water clear; 44-48 degrees; 9.18 feet low. Black bass are slow on Megabass Vision 110 suspending jerkbaits in wakasagi reaction. Crappie are fair near brush piles. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on cut shad and rod and reel.

JOE POOL: Water clear; 46-50 degrees; 1.03 feet low. Black bass are fair on weightless Senkos and trick worms in green pumpkin. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

LAKE O’ THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 47-52; degrees; 1.46 feet high. Black bass are slow on spinnerbaits and bladed jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 47-51 degrees; 12.26 feet low. Black bass are fair on black/blue flipping jigs and Xcite Raptor Craw Jrs in pumpkin. White bass are good on minnows and slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse jigs. Catfish are good on prepared bait and trotlines. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

LEWISVILLE: Water clear; 44-48 degrees; 7.13 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits, umbrella rigs and finesse jigs. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are slow on jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

MARTIN CREEK: Water clear; 67-72 degrees; 0.01 feet low. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits. Crappie are good on jigs. White bass are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 56-60 degrees; 0.35 feet high. Black bass are good on flipping jigs and creature baits around stumps. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers.

PALESTINE: Water clear; 44-49 degrees; 0.61 feet high. Black bass are good on black/yellow flipping jigs and Xcite XB-1 crankbaits in natural shad. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs. White bass are good on jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and chicken livers.

RAY HUBBARD: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 6.76 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are slow on slabs. Catfish are good on trotlines.

RAY ROBERTS: Water clear; 44-48 degrees; 7.40 feet low. Black bass are slow on suspending jerkbaits and weightless Senkos. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair on slabs and minnows. Catfish are fair on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water lightly stained; 45-50 degrees; 7.11 feet low. Black bass are fair on football jigs and Carolina rigs near brush piles. White bass are slow on minnows. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 46-50 degrees; 8.79 feet low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin flipping jigs and white spinnerbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on cut shad.

TEXOMA: Water clear; 45-49 degrees; 8.01 feet low. Black bass are fair on shakyheads and drop shot rigs near deeper points. Striped bass are fair on slabs. Catfish are slow on cut shad. Zebra mussels have been found in this reservoir. Anglers will need to drain all water from their boats before leaving the lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

WEATHERFORD: Water clear; 45-50 degrees; 8.06 feet low. No report available. Please call ahead as low water is making launching difficult.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water lightly stained; 46-51 degrees; 4.80 feet high. Black bass are fair on black/blue jigs and creature baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. Special regulations are in effect for boaters and anglers on this lake. See:http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-regulations/possession-and-transport-of-exotic-aquatic-species .

SOUTHEAST

SAM RAYBURN: Water murky; 60-64 degrees; 3.90 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and minnows.

TOLEDO BEND: Water murky; 61-65 degrees; 3.23 feet low. Black bass are fair on soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Redfish are good in the marsh on small topwaters and Stanley Ribbits. Trout are fair on the shorelines on Corkies and Catch 2000s.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair around the Reef on live shrimp.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are fair for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on Bass Assassins, Tidal Surges, Gulps and Sand Eels. Redfish are good at the spillway on crabs and mullet.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and Catch 2000s. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair in the mud and shell on topwaters and Corkies in the afternoon for waders. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair in the holes and guts in Moses Lake on shrimp and mullet. Sheepshead are good around rocks on live shrimp.

FREEPORT: Sand trout and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs. Black drum are good in Cold Pass and San Luis pass on cracked blue crabs.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters in the afternoon on live shrimp, plastics and Gulps over humps and scattered shell. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair on shell and grass on soft plastics. Black drum are fair at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters over soft mud in waist-deep water in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp.

ROCKPORT: Redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish and black drum are fair in the Shrimpboat Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Redfish are fair to good around Shamrock Cove on small topwaters and spoons. Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in mud and grass on Corkies and Gamblers. Redfish are fair along the spoils on gold spoons and Gulps.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass holes. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout and redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Redfish are good in South Cullen Bay on Gulps and Bass Assassins.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good in South Bay on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good at Holly Beach on Gulps and soft plastics under rattling corks.